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Drivers should be especially safety-conscious while on ... Drivers should be especially safety-conscious while on the road on Fridays (Credit: dougww, Flickr).
If you're living for the weekend, and really want to make sure you are actually alive this weekend, Nationwide Insurance suggests you try driving safer on Fridays.

Friday, the day that is so cool, people usually thank a higher power for its arrival, is also the most dangerous day to commute to work. The insurance company analyzed claims from 2012, and there is an average of 4,664 insurance claims per day for accidents which happen on Fridays.

Wednesdays come in second, with an average of 4,197 claims per day, followed closely by Thursday, then Monday and Tuesday.

"Everybody is anxious to start their weekends, so they're all thinking about something other than focusing on their driving," Bill Windsor, associate vice president of safety at Nationwide, told AOL Autos.

About half of all accidents happen during commuting hours, Windsor said, making driving to work more risky than many people realize. The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, or NETS, reported that being rear-ended and rear-ending another vehicle are the two most frequent types of accidents that happen during commuting hours.

Which makes the solution to this problem seem fairly obvious: Stop tailgating, or move away if someone is driving too close on your tail. Those types of accidents can result in serious injuries, NETS said.

Windsor suggested drivers need to leave at least 3 to 4 seconds of driving distance between themselves and the car in front. If roads are wet or slippery, that distance should be doubled, he said.

And, naturally, Windsor said drivers should stop focusing on emails or texts while behind the wheel. Other drivers need to be on alert for people who might be distracted behind the wheel.

"Drivers have to expect the unexpected, because unfortunately, there are a lot of distracted drivers out there," he said. "Because of that, you need to know that just because a car has its signal going, it might go the exact opposite way."


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      gcding06
      • 2 Years Ago
      The days of 2 car lengths between cars is over. People today are on their cell phones in the fast lane slowing traffic down; others are moving through traffic with no turn signals and cutting off others in a rude way causing accidents and let's not forget the new danger on the road, "texting". I am in agreement that we must watch out for motorcyclist, but it is very dangerous when crotch rockets fly around you and you don't see or here them until they're in front of you almost causing you to have an accident. I drive the highway everyday and I agree that Friday is the most hectic. People are in such a hurry that I see at least 2 rear end chain reaction accidents on the way to and from work and it is very common to see cars swerve into the median to miss to prevent collisions and work their way back onto the highway. We have to watch out for everyone else now to protect ourselves. Okay, I've vented and I feel better. Thank you.
      paperbeach
      • 2 Years Ago
      a bit misleading - sure Friday happens to come in first, but not by much - same for the rest of the workdays. Best advice: Drive Defensively ALL the time.
      rlambert30
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is no way one can leave 3 - 4 seconds between you and the car in front. People will be pulling in front, blowing their horns and would only cause more distractions. Certainly would not recommend that . If driving on the interstate highways maybe, but certainly not in city traffic.
      • 2 Years Ago
      For years I have called Friday 'Suicide Day'. Working people are always in a rush on Fridays for many different reasons. I was one of those people once but now retired. I don't like driving on Fridays so I try and stay home but once in a while I have to drive on Friday. I try to be as careful as I can be. I move with the traffic but watch for others who do not signal for lane changes or turns. Enough said!
      Susan
      • 2 Years Ago
      While this is all good advice, the truth is the aggressive driver is not going to allow you to maintain space in front of you. I live and drive the Washington, DC beltway. We have the rudest most aggressive driver's on the planet (Or at least that is the way it feels.) If you leave any room in between you and the driver in front of you someone will cut you off to be in front of you. If you signal to change lanes other drivers speed up to keep you from coming over and ride each others bumper to keep you from coming over. Everyone has the ME First Syndrome, and are ready to kill to be first.
      paperbeach
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whoa - what caused that?
      klavezo
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a no brainier, freaky Friday.
      Merry's AOL
      • 2 Years Ago
      When I was growing up, my father was an insurance agent for State Farm Insurance. Occassionally I would go with him to accident scenes and I must admit, was apalled at some of the horrific damage done to human life and the automobiles. (And that was back when cars were made of steel and much safer!) Today, you just look at a car and it gets a dent! Why isn't the government insisting that cars be made safer? And last, but not least, why are people so angry when driving these days? Is it stress? If it is, perhaps they should take 5 minutes before starting their engines and just relax and breathe. If it's drugs or alcohol, they shouldn't be driving ... PERIOD!!!!! Human life is precious and we need to look out for each other more than we do now.
      Mouse
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, if you live in DuPage County, IL, every day isn't safe to drive. Seriously, must be something in the water.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mouse
        Maybe it's the floride in the water. Floride dumbs down people do a search.
        steelebook
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mouse
        Has to be those Naperville drivers. . . --Dick from Warrenville
      jarjax1632b
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a bumper sticker that helps with tail-gaiters. It reads, "Warning: driver may be heavily armed."
        kayo1025
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jarjax1632b
        I need one of those!
        jetdogy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jarjax1632b
        I always wanted a Bondmobile too! :D I turn on my directionals to pretend I'm turning and the back away. If they keep approaching I then put on my wipes and soad the hell out of them. If the continue then I go slower. When they pass me finally, I pretend to be picking my nose. Hahahha
        jetdogy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jarjax1632b
        I always wanted a Bondmobile too! :D I turn on my directionals to pretend I'm turning and the back away. If they keep approaching I then put on my wipes and soad the hell out of them. If the continue then I go slower. When they pass me finally, I pretend to be picking my nose. Hahahha
        jetdogy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jarjax1632b
        I always wanted a Bondmobile too! :D I turn on my directionals to pretend I'm turning and the back away. If they keep approaching I then put on my wipes and soad the hell out of them. If the continue then I go slower. When they pass me finally, I pretend to be picking my nose. Hahahha
        jetdogy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jarjax1632b
        I always wanted a Bondmobile too! :D I turn on my directionals to pretend I'm turning and the back away. If they keep approaching I then put on my wipes and soad the hell out of them. If the continue then I go slower. When they pass me finally, I pretend to be picking my nose. Hahahha
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone should know this but for me I’m not that typical of a person that is use to Friday nightouts and I think I’ll just get a cab or do a sleep over to a friend house if that’s the case. Well, for future reference I must take not of this. Thanks for sharing.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone should know this but for me I’m not that typical of a person that is use to Friday nightouts and I think I’ll just get a cab or do a sleep over to a friend house if that’s the case. Well, for future reference I must take not of this. Thanks for sharing. www.aaatrainingunlimited.com
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